Correspondence and photographs relating to Edward Randolph Cleaver, 1914-1918

Unit German submarines
Places
Accession Number RCDIG0000894
Collection number 3DRL/4114
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 16
Object type Letters, Photograph, Postcard
Physical description 36 Image/s captured
Maker Cleaver, Edward Randolph
French, James
Lawson, James (Jas)
Place made At sea, Australia: Victoria, Maffra, Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made 1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Correspondence and photographs relating to the First World War service of 91 Trooper Edward Randolph Cleaver, 4th Light Horse Regiment. This collection of material includes letters and postcards from Cleaver to his family, photographs of Cleaver, and correspondence from others concerning Cleaver's service. The letters and photographs that Cleaver sent to his family detail his service with 4th Light Horse Regiment and notably mention the Battle of Romani as well as applying for compassionate leave home and the capture of a German aircraft pilot and his aircraft. His last letter is dated 26 October 1917, shortly before his death at the Battle of Beersheba. In addition, Major James Lawson recounts Cleaver's death and provides a detailed description of the Battle of Beersheba. Also included are photographs of the brothers George Walter French (4 Light Horse Regiment) and James Isaac French (8 Light Horse Regiment), and correspondence from their father James to the Cleaver family concerning the memorial cross erected by his son James [see H15570].
This file contains:
Postcard from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his father, At sea, 14 October [1914];
Photograph of Edward Randolph Cleaver, [1915/1916] [see P05693.002];
Letter from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his family, Palestine, 10 June 1917;
Letter from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his family, Palestine, 27 August 1917;
Active service envelope from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his father, 28 August 1917;
Letter from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his family, Palestine, 9 October 1917;
Letter from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his sister, Palestine, 10 October 1917;
Letter from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his family, Palestine, 26 October 1917;
Photograph of Edward Randolph Cleaver and other soldiers, Palestine, 1917;
Photograph of Edward Randolph Cleaver, Palestine, 1917;
Active service envelope from Edward Randolph Cleaver to his father, 1917;
Letter from Major James Lawson to the sister of Edward Randolph Cleaver, 14 January 1918;
Letter from James French to the sister of Edward Randolph Cleaver, Maffra, Victoria, 13 May 1918 [see H15570];
Letter from James French to the sister of Edward Randolph Cleaver, Maffra, Victoria, 29 July 1918;
Letter from James French to the sister of Edward Randolph Cleaver, Maffra, Victoria, 23 August 1918;
Photograph of the grave of Edward Randolph Cleaver, Beersheba, [date unknown];
Photographic postcard of 101 Sergeant [George Walter] French, [date unknown];
Photograph of Jim [James Isaac] French, [date unknown] [see P05693.003].